Former walk-on signs with Carolina Panthers

The underdog story continues. Once a walk-on at Florida State before earning a scholarship prior to his senior season in 2015, cornerback Javien Elliott is signing a one-year contract with the Carolina Panthers after spending the first three years of his professional career in Tampa Bay.

Elliott spent a year at Tallahassee Community College and two seasons on FSU’s practice squad before finally getting a chance to get on the field. Once he did, the 5-foot-11 corner became a bright spot in a defensive backfield that boasted stars like Jalen Ramsey and Derwin James.

The Panama City native recorded 37 tackles, 4 tackles for loss, a sack, and an interception during in 2015, starting the final six games at the STAR position. While some thought his college playing days might be the end of his career, instead, Elliott latched on with Tampa Bay as an undrafted free agent. During his time as a Buccaneer, he appeared in 36 games, recording 39 tackles, 4 tackles for loss, 2 pass deflections, and an interception.

The bulk of his playing time came in 2018 as Elliott played in 15 games, starting five of them, and recorded 24 tackles, 3 tackles for loss, and the lone interception of his career. Coincidentally, that pick came against Carolina. He joins Graham Gano and Brian Burns as the third Florida State alum on the Panthers roster.

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